Education in Emergencies, Fragile States and Reconstruction

New York, New York - 22 June 2006

This one-day roundtable created a unique opportunity for a diverse group of donors, UN and NGO practitioners, and academics to engage with several of the most pressing policy issues surrounding education in emergencies, fragile states and reconstruction. The roundtable participants formed working groups on each of the following objectives and discussed the challenges, constraints, opportunities, recommendations, outstanding questions and possible next steps for each:

  • Contribute to policy dialogue that will effectively connect and leverage the various educational initiatives being carried out in the domains of humanitarian assistance, development, gender equality, fragile states and child protection.
  • Identify alternative financing mechanisms that can be used to achieve Education for All goals within emergency and reconstruction contexts.
  • Examine the ways in which INEE’s Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction can be used by donors and other stakeholders to support their work in education.

Agenda Overview

The day-long event will open with a discussion on the current policy environment followed by a brief review/synthesis of framing papers authored by Sarah Dryden-Peterson (Harvard University); Lyndsay Bird, Janice Dolan and Susan Nicolai (Save the Children UK); and Jackie Kirk (McGill University/IRC). Afternoon working groups will explore best practices and draft recommendations for ensuring policy coherence across sectors, identifying alternative financing mechanisms, and overcoming challenges with INEE's Minimum Standards. The group will meet as a whole to share findings before a closing plenary by roundtable monitor Sarita Bhatia (CIDA).

INEE would like to thank UNICEF for hosting this event. INEE also thanks the Government of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for additional support.

Outcome Report

The Outcome Report includes the framing papers that were prepared for each objective in advance of the roundtable as well as the recommendations generated by each working group and a list of participants. The roundtable provided a unique opportunity for a diverse group of participants to engage with one another, and created a foundation on which to build future events.

Click here for the Outcome Report